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My car will not start

I have a honda ballade 1800v-tec and it had an oil leak by the distributor so i took the distributor out and changed the seal but 2 or 3 of the wires pulled out .I re-wired the distributor and put it in again, but now it gives spark to all 4 cylinders and all the fuel injectors are pulsing but it ond fires in the 3rd cylinder. No matter what i do the car wont start!

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    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Did you get distributor back in, with shaft in exact same place as before, and engine wasn't turned over while out?



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Hmmm.. did ya get the rotor button in right? Also oil couldve fouled the module.. Not to mention Honda had a recall on distributors around 1996.. check into the recall

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How to diagnose cause of oil leak?

First give the engine a good clean with a spray can of degreaser and a gurney or a hose, taking care not to spray the electrical parts. You will need to get under the engine when doing this as well. You will get filthy.

Let the engine dry out for a while, then start it and while idling, look with a strong light for any oil seepage. It may take a while to appear.

Possible points are
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-cam cover gasket
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-rear main bearing seal. Oil appears at the drain hole at the bottom of the bell housing
-spark plug tubes

There is an oil additive you can get which glows under ultraviolet light. So if you can't yet find the leak, you could try this stuff, with an ultraviolet light globe after dark. There are several brands, and Autozone should have one.

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The Nippon-Denzo Distributor's are known to have problems. I had the same issue for 3 months where it would cut out and sometimes, actually kill my car. Finally I spend the $200 and put a new Distributor in the car and it fixed my problems. there are 2 different Distributors for your car, make sure you get the right one or it will not work.

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Oil leak at distributor honda accord 1992 exi

You will need to remove the distributor and replace the o-ring which is on the distributor housing. The oring is what seals the oil from the cylinder head.
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I have a boat that has a Ford 2.3 liter engine in it . The boat has been layed up for several years. When I took it out (after changing oil & filter and gas it ran ok but at 5200 RPM oil started...

leaking oil i suppose? replace o ring on distributor and check the pcv valve if the engine cant get rid of the pressure that builds up in the crack case it will try to push oil out at every weak point. but you may just have bad seals on your dist.

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93 honda accord leaking oil from distributor

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Lease check and make sure that you replace with the right seal, that alone should have taken care of this problem. However if the valve cover gasket is loose or bad it will cause oil to leak around distributor are but NOT into distributor. This seal can be easily replaced by loosing 4 10mm bolts on top of valve cover. Contact if you need more help Good luck and thanks for using FIX YA

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Oil leak

one of the few problems ive had with my cars (2 honda) is oil leaking. Im pretty sure taht it might b leaking from one of the seals on the engine is too old. U gotta take it tothe mechanic forthis to b changed, buts its not too expensive.If u havent had any of them replaced since u have ur car, i would recomment changing them all, each one is like 40-70 bucks, depending on were is located and the year/model of thecar.

Theres only 3 seals total, so it wont b too much.

Of course, it could b something else. I just had my distributor rebuilt because of a leak. cost 50 bucks, +20 for installation. B sure to check both..

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